Concise and foremost counsels Part 3

Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Hadrat Abu Ayyub Ansari (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that a man came to the Messenger of ALLAH and requested him for some advice but that it should be brief (so that it may be easy for him to remember it). He said,

(Firstly) when you stand up for Salaah then say the Salaah just like a person who is about to bid farewell to everything and to say Good Bye to everybody (i.e. the Salaah should be like that of a person who is about to breathe his last). You should say every Salaah in the same manner,

(secondly) do not utter any such thing for which you may have to offer an apology and explanation on the day following (i.e. when talking you should be careful not to speak such a thing for which you might be required to offer an explanation before someone in this world or to ALLAH on the day of judgement), And

(Thirdly) whatever you see with people or in their hands, make yourself totally hopeless about all that. (i.e. Only be the centre of your expectations and attention and have absolutely no hopes in the people). [Musnad Ahmad, Ma’ariful Hadis]

It has been reported from the Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) that he said, I bequeath you to fear ALLAH, the Exalted, to listen to the orders of the Ameer (Head of the State) and to obey him even if he be an Abyssinian slave. Whoever will survive me, will see too much of dissension. So at that time, you must follow the path set forth by me and my viceregents who have received guidance from me and hold fast their ways, rather hold them with your teeth and protect yourself from innovations, for every new action (for which there is no authority) is innovation and every such new action means going astray”. [Mishkat, Ma’arif -ul- Hadis]

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